Reviews

  1. Square Meal Review December 2016

    Squaremeal Review of Friends of Ham

    Starting out as a tiny ground floor bar with a large ‘hidden’ basement, Friends of Ham quickly expanded next door, such was its word-of-mouth success. The impressive menu of charcuterie and cheeses includes hand-carved Serrano Gran Reserva, Jésus du Pays Basque Salami with rum, and exquisite ibérico Bellota – alongside buttery Kirkham’s Lancashire, French Brie Continue…

  2. GQ Mag January 2017

    GQ Magazine: Friends of Ham

    The ideal pit-stop for a tasty sharing board of cheese and charcuterie among friends, washed down with a couple of sharing bottles of beer, such as a crisp Sauvage Blanc. They even serve raclette, for a particularly wintry afternoon.

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    Cannon & Cannon review by Fletch

      Click here to read the review Fletch wrote on our Cannon & Cannon event recently Cannon and Cannon @ Friends of Ham review  

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    The Times: Where to get a working lunch?

    Working Lunch at Friends of Ham What to expect: this Leeds bar and charcuterie is one of the best in the city and it is within walking distance from the 14:15 train to London. What to order: You should probably check that your companion likes meat. Share a meat and cheese board with Italian fennel Continue…

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    A Cut Above, Friends of Ham

    Combining a love of charcuterie and cheese with a passion for artisan beers has seen Anthony Kitching and his wife Claire establish the lauded Friends of Ham in the centre of Leeds. Sheila McWattie reports How we got here: Development of our business plan began in 2009, when my wife Claire and I worked London. I had a job Continue…

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    7 ways with Pies! The Publican’s Morning Advertiser

    With British Pie Week coming up on the 2-9 March Sheila McWattie looks how operators can make the most of this pub classic and features Friends of Ham in the festive section… Annual festive guided walks for 15 participants, led by expert guide Ken Goor and starting from Friends of Ham in Leeds, with mince Continue…

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    Divine Mix of Beer, Cheese and Ham

    Few people mourn the passing of a payday loan shop, least of all when it makes way for a sizeable extension of one of the very best bars in town. The street level area of Friends of Ham was always a little cramped – only the basement offered proper space to sit down and relax. Continue…

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    Keep Your Eye On…

    LEEDS! The city’s food scene is as all-encompassing as it is exciting. Gujarati food and craft beer spot Bundobust and Taiwanese steamed bun trader Fu-Schnikens rub shoulders with charcuterie sensation Friends of Ham. Add to that the quirky The Man Behind The Curtain, where chef Michael O’Hare’s modernist approach is causing a stir, and you’ve got Continue…

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    Top 50 Gastro Pubs 2015: The Publican’s Morning Advertiser

    Number 45! Owners: Anthony and Claire Kitching Kitchen Team: Cat James, Lisa Darbyshire, Sean Hood, George Brabin and Vanessa Doyle What’s On Offer: Established in 2012, this private free-of-tie lease specialises in top-quality Spanish and Italian charcuterie as small plates and sharing boards “with minimal fuss”, including wafter-thin Iberico Bellota – hand carved in house Continue…

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    Spoil Yourself with Great Seasonal Specialities!

    Friends of Ham, tucked away on New Station Street in Leeds has just had a makeover, adding more seating and a new retail counter, where you can buy a fantastic selection of charcuterie and all things ham related, even a whole Serrano Ham and a stand and carving knife to go with it! There are Continue…

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    City Bar is ‘best place to drink’ in the country

    An independent Leeds bar has been lauded as the best bar to drink in the UK at a national food and drink awards. Friends of Ham, in New Station Street, Leeds, a venture run by first-time bar owners Anthony and Claire Kitching, was awarded the prestigious title at the 2014 Observer Food Monthly Awards, in Continue…

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    Best Place to Drink – Friends of Ham

    THE NORTH STARS Meet the couple who travelled the world to bring the best of the craft beer revolution back home to Yorkshire. When Friends of Ham opened in July 2012, craft beer was still a niche interest. According to Claire and Anthony Kitching, the couple behind this cafe-bar in the centre of Leeds, they Continue…

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    Review in Pub & Bar Magazine by Charles Campion

    Charles Campion dropped into Friends of Ham in April 2014… If our local guide is to be believed, the correct term for anyone born and bred in Leeds is a “loiner” – he would have it that “loiner” is to Leeds what “scouser” is to Liverpool. It all sounds a bit implausible, but if it Continue…

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    Ham is where the heart is for dynamic duo

    Peter Brown from the Publican’s Morning Advertiser came to visit in March 2014 HAM IS WHERE THE HEAT IS FOR DYNAMIC DUO Why Anthony and Claire Kitching’s splendidly simple cheese and charcuterie outlet is a winner. Sometimes the best ideas are so simple you can’t believe that no-one has had them before. Other times they Continue…

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    Best Cafe Bar 2014 – Oliver Awards

    Friends of Ham has taken a simple idea and made it great. It serves artisan hams, charcuterie, and good cheese alongside a great range of craft beers and real ales. This is the European tapas bad made beautifully British in a stylish venue. Its vision and style has attracted acclaim from both within Leeds and Continue…

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    Yorkshire Rules!

    Friends of Ham and The Sparrow from Bradford travelled down to London last week to attend the Shortlist Magazine Pints & Pistachios Pub of the Year held at the Old Meantime Brewery. We came 4th and The Sparrow came 7th. Team Yorkshire! For full details of all the winners have a snoop at the link Continue…

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    Review in Sunday’s Observer by Jay Rayner

    We’d just got over our first birthday celebrations when we were lucky enough to be reviewed in The Observer by none other than Jay Rayner, he’s not one to mince his words. We think he liked us…….. 4 New Station Street, Leeds (0113 242 0275). Meal for two: £30-50 A late night in Leeds and I am Continue…

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    Our First Nationwide Award Nomination

    We were lucky enough to be featured in Shortlist magazine’s Pints & Pistachio’s column not long after we opened last summer. We thought that was great, nationwide PR, now we’ve just been told we’ve made it into the final shortlist for their Pub of the Year Awards 2013. The winning pub is decided by a Continue…

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    Highlife by British Airways

    Detours: Who knows where we’ll end up! City Hot Spot: Leeds Drink at Friends of Ham it is a new craft beer bar and charcutier specialising in quality cured meats from Spain and Italy, local cheese, great wine and beer. The cosy basement is perfect for whiling away an evening. Highlife, Change Your View, British Airways, December Continue…

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    Review in Yorkshire Evening Post

    In September 2012 the Yorkshire Evening Post reviewed Friends of Ham when were still little Ham and awarded us 4 out of 5 stars!! FRIENDS of Ham. In the immortal words of Chandler Bing from the classic sitcom, could there be a better name for a bar? And Friends of Ham isn’t just any old Continue…